Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell 0+

Matt Wolf, USA 2008, English version / Czech subtitles, 71 min
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, the singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators — including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg — to tell this poignant and important story. With a visually experimental form, the movie brings to life Arthur’s descriptively rich and emotionally direct music. The film explores the compelling cultural history of New York in the 1970s and ‘80s, the experience of being gay and confronting AIDS, and the cathartic process of making art and pursuing popular success at a time when those goals were mutually attainable.

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